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Gunman sent manifesto to PM before attack

IANS   CHRISTCHURCH The New Zealand Prime Minister’s Office said on Saturday that it received a copy of a “manifesto” from the alleged gunman less than 10 minutes before the attacks began at the two Christchurch mosques on Friday, along with about 70 other recipients. Other politicians on the mailing list included National leader Simon Bridges and Parliament Speaker Trevor …

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UK Parliament votes to seek Article 50 extension

IANS London The UK Parliament voted 413-202 to instruct Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay that would give the UK’s fractious political class time to forge a plan for an orderly Brexit, raising the prospect that Britain will remain part of the bloc beyond March 29 deadline. May, who vowed repeatedly that the UK would …

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Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium

AP Pyongyang North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country’s moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said, noting the US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, addressing an urgent …

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Senate rejects Trump’s border emergency declaration

PTI Washington In a stunning rebuke to Donald Trump, a dozen Republican senators broke party ranks and sided with Democrats to terminate the US President’s declaration of a national emergency on America’s border with Mexico. In a 59-41 vote, 12 Republicans joined every Senate Democrat on Thursday in a rare move to block the president’s effort to divert billions in …

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Wanted bookie Sanjeev Chawla seeks appeal

PTI London Alleged bookie Sanjeev Chawla, who is wanted in India on charges of match-fixing dating back to 2000, has filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against his extradition order by Westminster Magistrates’ Court here. UK home secretary Sajid Javid had signed off on the District Judge’s order in favour of the extradition last …

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Indians to benefit as UK lifts cap on PhD-level work visas

PTI   London Indians are among the largest group of professionals set to benefit from a new UK government plan to remove any limit on the number of PhD-level work visas to be granted. UK Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on Wednesday in a Budget update, referred to as the annual Spring Statement, that from later this year all such highly-qualified …

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Indian-American Neomi Rao confirmed for powerful federal judgeship

PTI   Washington Neomi Rao, a prominent Indian-American lawyer has been confirmed for a powerful federal judgeship by the US Senate after she came under scrutiny for her past writings on sexual assaults. Rao, 45, was confirmed for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most powerful benches in the country, by 53-46 votes on Wednesday in the …

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India, US agree to build six nuclear power plants

PTI   Washington The US has agreed to build six atomic power plants in India to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation and expressed its strong support to India’s early membership in the NSG. The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign …

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‘China’s growing presence in Indian Ocean a challenge for India’

PTI London China’s growing presence in the northern part of the Indian Ocean is a challenge for India but New Delhi is keeping a close eye on the deployment of Chinese ships and submarines in the region, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has said. Admiral Lanba, who is on a four-day visit to Britain, also said that no nation has …

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UK MPs reject leaving EU with no deal

AP   LONDON Britain’s Parliament has voted to reject having the country leave the European Union without a divorce agreement, a decision that lessens but does not remove the chance of a chaotic ‘no-deal’ Brexit. The vote on Wednesday night also increases the chances that Britain’s exit from the bloc will be delayed. British lawmakers voted 312 to 308 for …

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